Plants inspired by the fire flies may be replacing your electric bulbs. MIT researchers have demonstrated a technique that could make this possible

Plant nano-bionics is a new interesting field of research that uses nano-particles to give plants unique seemingly natural features. MIT researchers have tapped into this to demonstrate glowing plants – plants that give off light in the dark just like the fire flies. To do this, the team embedded specially designed nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant.


MIT glowing plants
By embedding specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant, the MIT researchers induced the plants to give off dim light for nearly four hours. Credit: MIT News


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The research envisions a future were such plants will be bright enough to illuminate a work-space or even transform trees into self-powered streetlights.

Links: MIT News


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